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Improper or Excessive Lane Changing in Florida
Criminal Law in Orlando and throughout Central Florida
One common offense that traffic tickets are assigned for in Orlando, as well as in other parts of the state of Florida, is Improper or Excessive Change of Lane. This traffic violation accounts for over 72,000 tickets annually, and it can present a real hazard on the road for drivers. However, if you've been cited for this offense, it's important that you know what happened, and what your options are at that juncture.
An improper lane change is when a driver changes lanes in a way that is dangerous or illegal, such as crossing over a double yellow line to pass a slow moving vehicle in front of him. According to the state law, when a driver changes lanes, it has to be done legally, with proper signaling and the driver must make sure that the space she's going to change into is free and open. If a driver weaves in and out of traffic, changing lanes rapidly then that may be grounds for excessive lane changing. If you are caught committing this offense you'll be ticketed, or if you get into an accident because of this behavior, then you'll be given a ticket in addition to any other damages or charges that come along with the accident itself.
However, just because you have received a traffic ticket in Orlando, it doesn't mean you have to just roll over and pay it. You have the option of just paying the ticket, but that will be an automatic admission of guilt, and your license will have as many as three points added to it. This will make your insurance payments go up, and it means you only have a few points left on your license. On the other hand you could contact a traffic violation attorney and fight the ticket.
While you technically don't need a lawyer to contest your improper or excessive lane change violation, it's always a good idea to hire a legal professional with a deep and professional understanding of how traffic law works. Especially if you really want to win your case.
If you have received a traffic citation for Improper or Excessive Change of Lane in Orlando or Central Florida, please contact the traffic violation defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm today.